by William Moultrie
Manning – In a bold programing move designed to appeal to a wider audience, Fox News has announced the hiring of Alvin Greene to co-anchor part of a reworked Hannity show.
“Fox News strives to represent the diversity in America,” said Ernie Merriman, Vice President of programing. “America is a lot more than just angry white Republican men, and with Alvin we’ll be adding a new voice that will represent African-Americans, Democrats, southerners, veterans, and the unemployed. ”
Greene will be co-hosting a segment on Sean Hannity’s show, ‘Hannity.’
Greene made international headlines this year with his surprise win in South Carolina’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jim DeMint. In the general election, Greene lost to DeMint by a margin of 62% to 28%. Green Party candidate Tom Clements pulled a respectable 9%.
“We’re not reverting the old ‘Hannity & Colmes’ format,” said Merriman, referring to a previous version of the show that was co-hosted by liberal commentator Alan Colmes. “It’s still going to be Sean’s show, and most of the show will remain as it is now, but we’re going to feature a segment with Sean and Alvin squaring off on the issues of the day. We did some testing and people really like for Sean to have a worthy adversary to debate.”
Critics accuse Fox of using Greene as an under-qualified, token opponent for Hannity who will only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and be a punching bag for Hannity’s aggressive style — a charge that Merriman takes issue with.
“I’ve heard that criticism,” said Merriman, “and I find it offensive and racially biased that just because he’s a black man from the south he’s not smart enough to debate issues. Alvin Greene was the legitimate Democratic nominee and got over 300,000 votes for the United States Senate — if that doesn’t make him qualified, I don’t know what does.”